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Pats release DE Alex Silvestro

12.29.11 at 7:55 pm ET

FOXBORO — After making his NFL debut last Saturday against the Dolphins, defensive end Alex Silvestro was released on Thursday by the Patriots.

A league source tells’s Chris Price that Patriots are hopeful he passes through waivers, allowing them to reclaim him and place him back on the practice squad.

Silvestro, 23, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster last Friday and played in his first NFL game in the win against Miami last Saturday on special teams and along the defensive line, finishing with two solo tackles. He became the fourth active member of the Patriots who was a product of Rutgers University, joining defensive backs Devin McCourty, Nate Jones and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood.

At 6-foot-3 and 267 pounds, Silvestro was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Rutgers on July 27, 2011 and released on Sept. 3, 2011. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 28.

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